I renovated and rebuilt this frame as a present for someone special, but circumstances have since changed. I’d now like to see it move on, but as it would feel wrong to sell it for profit, I’ve come up with the following alternative.
I will give this bike away in return for a charity donation. The charity and amount can be of your choice, with 10% going to the forum. I think this bike is worth at least £100 so am setting that as a minimum, but if you’re interested and would be prepared to donate more, then feel free to go higher. If you would like to put yourself forwards, then please send me a message naming your charity of choice and explaining why its a worthy cause. I’ll select from these messages at the end of the coming week (Friday 9th April), and the bike is yours any time from then (ideally that weekend).
Its a totally unique two-tone paint job on a Raleigh steel frame (couldn’t say which one exactly, but definitely nothing remarkable, probably just a 531 frame). The majority is silver with pink and purple split highlights on the forks and rear triangle (the inspiration was a TdF frame in the same style for someone holding two jerseys at the time). The dimensions are 53cm from centre of BB to top of seat tube, and 56cm centre of head tube to centre of seat tube.
The groupset is a mishmash of Shimano, but its all in good condition and works well. From the bottom, the brakes and FD are Sora, the shifters are Tiagra 2x10, the RD is 105 (silver) and the cassette is Ultegra. The wheels are an old Shimano style with nipples at the hub, they haven’t seen much use at all. The gearing is 50/34 and 11-30. Sold without pedals.
It’s been through a house move since I prepared it and alas picked up some small chips in the process. I’ve touched these up and given it another full coat of lacquer in preparation for selling but unfortunately wasn’t able to colour match exactly (couldn’t find the same paints). Though I’ve done my best to protect the frame, I doubt the paint job would hold up well to commuting etc, so please be warned it does need to be treated gently. That said, what happens to it now is ultimately none of my business.
I sank a huge amount of time and effort into preparing this so I hope someone out there will be able to appreciate it fully. I also hope that the time and effort can be repaid with a donation to a worthy cause, so fire away with your suggestions.
Viewing and collection in New Cross, south London.